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Black Spots

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saf

Sunday, February 10, 2002 - 06:41 pm
i keep african cichlids and lately ive noticed that two or three of them have these black spots on them. they don't seem to hurt them, its just like their skin is discolored in these little specs. there aren't many on them..maybe just 1 or 2, but one of them has a fairly big spot, maybe the size of a couple pinheads.....any ideas what this is?

  

joycedonley

Sunday, February 10, 2002 - 07:47 pm
I also have Africans(Lake Malawi) and have not heard of any black spots??? You could check with the people on Yahoo groups. There is an African Cichlid group and they really know a lot about Lake M and Lake T fish. Many of them are currently breeding Africans, so if anyone can identify it they probably can. Are you positive you aren't talking about eggspots on the pelvic fins? I have never heard of black eggspots, they are usually white or yellow? Maybe if you could id the fish it might help! A lot of mbuna also have blue markings with black accents ie M johanni!

  

saf

Monday, February 11, 2002 - 08:26 am
its not fin spots..and its not a line such as a johanni has...just black dots..for instance..my yellow zebra has some

  

joycedonley

Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 06:52 am
I haven't heard of a yellow zebra do you have the scientific name?

  

joycedonley

Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 07:43 am
I found this on another site. Black spot is more common with cold water fish such as goldfish. If you suspect your fish have it treat with a parasite medication. From what I've read it can infest fish via snails and it's caused by a small worm or grub. You also usually only find it in wild caught fish, but a some mbuna are wild caught. The wild mbuna usually have to be ordered special though, so I'd be a little suprised that you have this.

Symptoms: Small black specks on the body.
Treatment: Black spot is generally easy to cure. There are a number of commercially available treatments and preventatives.

Information: Black Spot, or diplopstomiasis, often follows the addition of new aquarium fish. All fish are susceptible, especially the Silver Dollar and Piranha. It is fairly easy to diagnose and treat.

 

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